Canada/USA Mathcamp

2224 17262Position ID: Mathcamp-MENTOR21 [#17262]
Position Title: Mathcamp 2021 Mentor
Position Type: Student programs
Position Location: various locations
Application Deadline: 2021/02/28 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/02/02, listed until 2021/03/01)
Position Description:    

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Canada/USA Mathcamp is looking for math graduate students as leaders for its summer 2021 session.

  • When: June 28 to August 12, 2021

  • Where: Online

  • Compensation: $5,100 stipend plus expenses

  • Application Deadline: February 28, 2021

  • Details and online application:

This summer, we invite you to:

  • Be a leader in a vibrant community of talented and enthusiastic high-school students and energetic faculty.

  • Teach and learn what most interests you, in an atmosphere of freedom and excitement.

  • Be a friend and mentor to 120 marvelous kids.

  • Be an architect of an experience that those 120 kids will cherish for years.

Canada/USA Mathcamp ( is a summer program for talented high school students from all over the United States, Canada, and the rest of the world. At Mathcamp, students interact with world-class mathematicians, explore advanced topics in mathematics, and find a true intellectual peer group.

The mentor job is a hybrid between a teaching position and a camp counselor role. Your primary responsibilities are academic (teaching, advising projects, talking to students informally about math), but you also contribute to making the program an intense and immersive experience for the campers, despite it being online. It will be an intense and immersive experience for you as well: a lot of work, but also extremely rewarding.

As a mentor at Mathcamp, you get an amazing teaching experience: there is no set curriculum, so you create your own classes and teach the math you're interested in. From group theory to projective geometry, from complex analysis to cryptography, from fractals to voting theory – there is an abundance of mathematics that can be taught (with a little imagination) at camp level. You'll have support (in both curriculum design and pedagogy) from master teachers, and you'll work with students who are exceptionally smart and engaged.

Mentors are also the camp's primary leaders and organizers. They cultivate the rich life of the camp by planning activities, setting camp policy, and serving as "residential" advisors for the students. (Even though the program is online, it plays such a big role in the students' lives, and the community is so close-knit, that something like residential advising still ends up being necessary.) Initiative, flexibility, and tolerance for a certain degree of chaos are a must—that is part of what makes Mathcamp an exciting place to work!

Strong candidates for this role are typically PhD students in pure or applied mathematics. Those in the summer between a Master's and PhD program are also eligible to apply, as are graduate students in closely-related fields. Those not in graduate school, but with a similar background in advanced mathematics and teaching, are welcome to contact us about applying to be faculty. Since women and minority students often face a shortage of role models in mathematics, we are especially eager to recruit mentors from these groups.

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